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“Birds of America” is displayed in Miller Center

The library in the Miller Center hosted the reveal of a new installation last Thursday that pays homage to American ornithologist and painter, John James Audubon, and his renowned work, “The Birds of America”. The installation is placed in the Library’s first floor west wing reading court and includes No. 100 of 250 facsimiles in the world of “The Birds of America”, a display of some preserved American birds that can be found in Minn., and a drawing station where visitors can try their hand at drawing the birds of America. The four-volume facsimile, which is an exact replica of the original, contains 435 prints total. It was purchased by SCSU in the 1970’s for $7,000. According to Tom Steman, university archivist, a copy of the original set would be valued today at around $10 million. The volumes on display are the actual size of the original prints, which are… Keep Reading

Chilean art show impresses

An international art collaboration reached fruition last Wednesday with the launch of a new exhibition in the Kiehle Gallery. Students and faculty gathered to witness the unveiling of an exhibit showcasing the work of art students and faculty from the University of Concepción in Concepción, Chile, as well as a second mobile exhibit created by SCSU students in conjunction with Chilean artists. The exhibits explore the concept of art as being mobile and accessible to a diverse, public audience. The first of the exhibits is called Local vs. Foraneo, or Local vs. Foreign. The pieces in this collection were produced by students and professors from the University of Concepcion and curated by Chilean artist team Leslie Fernandez and Oscar Concha. In keeping with the theme of transportable art, all of the pieces in the Local vs. Foraneo collection can fold up and fit inside on carry-on suitcase. SCSU and the… Keep Reading

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Operation Beautiful raises self-esteem

Have you ever stumbled across a post-it note with encouraging words written on it? It could be a random act of kindness, but likely it is part of an organization called Operation Beautiful. Their mission objective is to eliminate self-negative thoughts and convey a positive outlook, often about body image. Operation Beautiful has been featured on shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Network and the Today Show. St. Cloud State students had the opportunity to hear from founder and speaker Caitlin Boyle on Sept. 25 in the Atwood Ballroom. Boyle is a blogger, author, and motivational speaker. She described how Operation Beautiful developed when she was at a rough point in her life. She disliked her job, was attending full time night classes, and was unsure of what she wanted to do in life. She said she felt overloaded and unhappy. After a particularly discouraging night, she looked at herself… Keep Reading

The first Minnesota water trails summit focuses on paddle sports economic value

St. Cloud hosted the first Minnesota Water Trails Tourism Summit at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The two-day summit started Sept. 29, with paddlers getting ready for the ‘Experiential Day,’ which included paddling on the Mississippi River, then on Tuesday the summit offered ‘break out sessions’, and speakers for attendees to learn about the economic benefits of paddle sports. “What this is attempting to do is to engage communities, conventional visitors and bureaus on how to promote the water trail resources in their communities and to help them develop economically…really, it’s to help push what is the best water trail system in the [United] States and to get it used more widely,” Alexander Watson, a DNR regional naturalist, said. The second day of the summit started with breakfast, followed by keynote speaker, Natalie Warren, founder of Wild River Academy—a non-profit organization aimed to engage and educate students in communities about… Keep Reading

Bartha receives national award

Ivan Bartha, coordinator of experiential education and outdoor programing at SCSU, gives insight about his position as Chair of the Midwest division for the American Canoe Association. Bartha arrived in St. Cloud last Tuesday after being in Michigan for just over a week visiting friends and family. While he was there, he accepted the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from the ACA—the largest non-profit paddle sport organization in nation, he said. Now starting to settle into fall semester, Bartha said a part of being Chair of the Midwest Division, which covers 11 states and is a volunteer position, he did quite a bit of travelling over the summer. Some of the goals and responsibilities of being Chair is to try and connect paddlers from various states and to hold bi-annual meetings, Bartha said. And, along with building networks of paddlers, the ACA chose Bartha to administer the United States Coast… Keep Reading

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Michael Brown seminar sparks discrimation talks

Race has been a topic of discussion since the civil rights movement and as of recently, discrimination and police brutality have been in direct correlation of each other. Incidents like Eric Garner with the NYPD, Christopher Lollie with St. Paul Police Department, Luis Rodriguez with Oklahoma police and now, the incident that has been making national attention for over month now, the deadly shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. On Thursday, St. Cloud State University held a Q and A seminar regarding the incident and racial issues on campus, in the St. Cloud area and around the nation. At the seminar a diverse crowd was in attendance all the way outside the door. People from all walks of life engaged in the conversation that went over the allotted time it was scheduled for. “The purpose of the panel was to have a beginning dialogue for a conversation… Keep Reading

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Different sides of conflict learn to live side-by-side

In our world today, we are faced with many conflicts. Some of those conflicts being rooted from years of mistreatment, injustice and hatred towards the other side. The longest lasting battle still prominent today is, by far, the Israeli- Arab conflict. The Israeli-Arab conflict has been a non-stop predicament ever since the establishment of the Israeli state back in May of 1948. Today, the world has been scratching theirs heads trying to find a peaceful solution in order to stop the violence and maintain peace throughout the region. Walid Issa, SCSU alum and now a grad student, along with Lior Frankiensztajn, a very close friend of Walid may have found the solution. The program is called “Shades” and it preaches that if you have the right “problem solving tools”, two conflicting parties can find there way to a solution. On Wednesday, they both hosted a seminar in the Atwood Theatre.… Keep Reading

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The 20th anniversary of the Hunger Strike

Twenty years ago multiple cultural organizations at St. Cloud State University felt underrepresented and mistreated on campus. To gather the attentions of the student body and faculty, this group of determined students decided to take action to voice their concerns; they had 13 demands in total and vowed to fast until the agreements were met. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA, was at the forefront of this battle between the underrepresented student population and university officials. Some of the demands include the creation of the multi cultural resource center, the establishment of the student cultural center, a commitment to retain and recruit more faculty/students of color, and for the student government system to add the cultural diversity chair to the student senate. Currently, the cultural diversity chair is empty and student government has been in the process of urging potential students to run for the position. “It’s an awesome… Keep Reading

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Push and pull with smokers and new policy

The recent electronic cigarette ban, in association with the Minnesota Clean Air Act, has stirred up much controversy throughout many public establishments, including the SCSU campus. In July of 2014, SCSU added electronic cigarettes to its “Tobacco-Free Campus” campaign. This advance by the university now makes the use of electronic cigarettes on any part of campus against university policy, including outside university buildings and any sidewalks or walkways on university property. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous,” Josh Perkins, a junior mass communication major said. “It makes sense not to smoke it indoors just because of the social stigma that’s attached to it and some people just don’t like that, but there’s no reason not to be able to smoke it outside,” Many students like Perkins share the same views, disgruntled at the fact that more and more restrictions are being implemented on nicotine users. “I don’t really see the… Keep Reading

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